Among other things, I'd like to use this weblog to comment on really spiffy things not necessarily (or just tangentially) related to the Vs. Debate . . . something along the lines of the somewhat abandoned "Cosmic Thoughts" page. The items below aren't necessarily that spiffy, but give the drift of what I'll be going for:
For instance, the Jovian moon Amalthea is a large icy rubble pile less dense than water, though with mountains and craters and a position that would generally indicate a pretty solid body.
You can't always tell a book by its cover. But soon you'll be able to read the back cover without ever looking at it. I've long understood that if we could basically have impossible optical processing capabilities, we would be able to tell what was behind something else in a two-dimensional image.
Well, it turns out that we now have impossible capabilities. As noted here, we've developed a technique wherein a computer can reconstruct the backside of an object via the reflected light of it upon other objects.
The trick right now is that the reflected light originally comes from a very special projector that puts light and dark pixels on the backside of an object, and the computer determines what happens to the reflections. However, it seems likely that this technique will expand and be incorporated into other techniques. One day reconstructions could possibly be made just off of old video, albeit at less-than-perfect resolution. They might even be able to roughly approximate such things from still pictures, especially if the same scene is available.
As noted in the article, there's a certain holodeck quality to the idea, and they're quite right. One is reminded of Geordi's holodeck reconstruction of a somewhat invisible alien in the otherwise forgettable "Identity Crisis"[TNG4], or the reconstruction of 75% of a woman's blocked and shrouded face based on a still photograph in "The Vengeance Factor"[TNG3].
(That said, those are exceptions to my general opinion that the future (a.) won't look anything like Trek or Wars, and (b.) will put them both to shame all too soon in several arenas.)